The cast of Red Riding Hood.
The main protagonist. She's the youngest daughter of Cesaire and Suzette and younger sister to Lucie, as well as the love interest of both Peter and Henry. She discovers she has a strange connection to the Wolf, making her both a target and a suspect.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She's more attracted to rebellious outcast Peter than the wholesome and sensible Henry.
- Alone with the Psycho: In the film's climax, she ends up alone with the Wolf. Subverted, in that the Wolf doesn't want to kill her. He wants her to join him.
- Arranged Marriage: At the beginning of the story, she is betrothed to Henry, due him being wealthy. She is unhappy about this for various reasons, not least because shes actually in love with her childhood friend Peter, and only reluctantly goes along with it. They eventually break it off after Henry realises she prefers Peter.
- Beast and Beauty: With Wolf!Peter in the end.
- Beauty = Goodness: Played straight. She's the most beautiful girl in the village and is also sweet and kind for the most part.
- Berserk Button: She is usually a reasonable girl, but hits a man making fun of her drunken father with a piece of wood.
- Birds of a Feather: With Peter. They both feel like outcasts who want to leave Daggerhorn and see what else life can offer.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Peter. They are shown to have been best friends since they were young children and now they're in love.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Her parents (more so her mother) don't approve of her relationship with Peter.
- Distressed Damsel: When Father Solomon ties her up to be bait for the Wolf.
- Dreaming the Truth: Valerie has a dream about her grandmother being the werewolf and so she heads off to investigate. Shes wrong, but not far wrong. The Wolf is actually Grandmothers son Valeries dad and her husband was the Wolf before him.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Played straight; she has blonde hair and is largely a good and kind person.
- The Hermit: In the end, she chooses to leave Daggerhorn and live by herself in her grandmother's cottage, waiting for Peter to return to her. She is no longer comfortable living there because of all the lies and suspicion, which isn't surprising given they accused her of being a witch and tried to sacrifice her to the Wolf.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Has large, beautiful blue eyes (courtesy of Amanda Seyfried). Notably, shes one of the only characters in the film who has blue eyes, making them stand out even more.
- Interspecies Romance: With Peter in the end, after he becomes a werewolf.
- I Will Wait for You: She promises to wait for Peter to return to her after he leaves to get his wolf side under control. The end sees them happily reunited.
- Lady in Red: Often wears a red hooded cloak her grandmother made for her. This gets her in a spot of bother later, as Roxanne uses her wearing red the 'Devil's colour' as proof she's a witch.
- Little Red Fighting Hood: Though shes more of an Action Survivor than a true Action Girl, she has her moments, including being the one who ultimately kills the Wolf.
- Love Triangle: Shes in a Type 4 triangle with Henry and Peter. Valerie much prefers Peter to start with, though she considers choosing Henry due to convenience and because she suspects Peter could be the Wolf. In the end, she picks Peter.
- Marry for Love: Valerie wants to marry Peter, her childhood sweetheart, and not the wealthy guy her parents picked for her. She gets her wish in the end, though not without a lot of bloodshed and Peter winding up a werewolf.
- Patricide: Ends up killing her father, with Peters help. It's justified, as he turns out to be the Wolf and intended to forcibly make her a werewolf.
- Returning the Wedding Ring: A non-ring variant. When she and Henry mutually end their engagement, she gives him back the bracelet he'd made her as a wedding gift.
- Targeted Human Sacrifice: After finding she is the one the Wolf wants, Father Solomon has her chained up outside the village to lure the Wolf in (fortunately, her father and love interests rescue her).
- True Blue Femininity: Usually wears a light blue gown.
- Witch Hunt: She becomes the target of one, due to being able to telepathically communicate with the Wolf.
- With Friends Like These...: Two of her friends turn on her by the end of the film, though one of them regrets this, to her credit.
- Your Cheating Heart: She makes out with Peter while engaged to Henry, although she's portrayed more sympathetically as she didn't have a say about marrying Henry.
A poor woodcutter and Valeries childhood friend, as well as one of her love interests and a prime candidate to be the Wolf.
- The Aloner: He lives alone on the outskirts of the village, has no parents and few friends besides Valerie. Given the general dislike some of the villagers have for him and his being suspected of being the Wolf, it overlaps with Loners Are Freaks.
- An Ax To Grind: His Weapon of Choice. Justified, seeing as hes a woodcutter.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Henrys Betty for Valerie. She picks him.
- Big Damn Heroes: Bursts into Grandmothers cottage to save Valerie just as the Wolf is about to attack her.
- Birds of a Feather: With Valerie. They both feel like outcasts who want to leave Daggerhorn and see what else life can offer.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Valerie. He eventually becomes a Victorious Childhood Friend.
- Dark Is Not Evil: After he becomes a werewolf. He may turn into a monstrously large wolf every full moon, but unlike the werewolves that have terrorised Daggerhorn for decades, he remains a good and moral person; he even leaves for a while to learn how to control himself so he won't hurt people.
- Enemy Mine: Teams up with his romantic rival Henry to save Valerie.
- Hotter and Sexier: In comparison to his fairytale counterpart, who is usually depicted as an older man and father figure to Red Riding Hood (and in some versions her actual father). Here, the woodcutters Red Riding Hoods sexy bad boy love interest (and possibly the Wolf himself).
- Interspecies Romance: With Valerie after he becomes a werewolf.
- Irony: Valerie and some of the other characters spend a good chunk of the film wondering if hes the Wolf. It turns out he isnt, though after being bitten by the real Wolf under a blood moon, he becomes a werewolf anyway.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Averted. When Valerie rejects him, he flirts and dances with other girls to make her jealous and confronts her about her rejection. He does state that Valerie would be better off with Henry, but clearly begrudges this and has no protests when Valerie seduces him moments later, telling him that he is the one she wants.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has his moments, such as deliberately flirting and dancing with Rose to make Valerie jealous, but also letting her be herself and going to great lengths to help her.
- Love Martyr: A downplayed example, but he still comes to save Valerie even after she stabs him, mistakenly believing him to be the Wolf. To her credit, Valerie acknowledges this and is moved he still loves her.
- Meaningful Name: His name is possibly a Shout-Out to Peter and the Wolf.
- Rebellious Spirit: Hes something of an anti-social outcast, who doesnt care what the villagers think of him and defies Valeries parents to hang out with their daughter.
- Something Only They Would Say: Played with. Valerie starts to suspect he's the Wolf when it tells her to run away with it, something Peter also asks her to do repeatedly, though she cannot be certain. Subverted, as it ultimately turns out that Peter's not the Wolf.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Played straight.
The son and apprentice of blacksmith Adrian Lazar and one of Valeries love interests. Theyre betrothed, although Valerie isnt all that happy about it.
- All Love Is Unrequited: He did not reciprocate Lucies love. His love interest Valerie also doesnt reciprocate his feelings.
- Arranged Marriage: Hes betrothed to Valerie. For him, its a Perfectly Arranged Marriage as he is in love with Valerie, though shes not as keen. He breaks it off after realising she prefers Peter.
- Berserk Button: When Peter implies he is to blame for his fathers death.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Peters Veronica for Valerie.
- The Blacksmith: He is training as a blacksmith under his father and will inherit his business someday. This comes in handy when Valerie is used as bait by Father Solomon, as Henry is able to make lock picks to undo her chains.
- Dirty Coward: He sees himself as he'd frozen up in terror and couldn't prevent the Wolf from killing his father. He becomes a Cowardly Lion over the course of the film, overcoming his fears to protect the village.
- Disposable Fiancé: Zig-zagged and eventually played straight with Valerie.
- Enemy Mine: He teams up with his romantic rival Peter to save Valerie.
- Heartbroken Badass: By the films end, due to his father dying and his love interest rejecting him.
- Hopeless Suitor: Mostly one to Valerie. She does consider choosing him, but ultimately only ever loved Peter.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After realizing Valerie is in love with Peter, he willingly breaks off their engagement so they can be together.
- Missing Mom: His mother is implied to have been dead for a while.
- Nice Guy: Hes polite, compassionate and sensible, especially to Valerie. Unfortunately, this doesnt help him win over Valerie and bites him in the ass when hes unable to protect his father from the Wolf.
- Took a Level in Badass: By the end of the film. In addition to finding the courage to stand up for himself and fight the Wolf, he ultimately leaves to become a monster hunter.
The film's Big Bad. A mysterious, murderous werewolf who terrorises the village of Daggerhorn and targets Valerie in particular, though what it wants with her exactly is initially unknown.
- The Big Bad Wolf: In this case, a werewolf, specifically, though it's commonly referred as just 'the Wolf'.
- Character Death: He's hacked with an axe and stabbed with silver fingernails in the film's climax.
- Cursed with Awesome: This is how it sees its lycanthrophy.
- Dark Is Evil: It has fur as black its heart.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It turns out that the Wolf's primary motivation is persuading his daughter Valerie to become a werewolf and run away with him. It also loved Lucie and his mother, though this didn't stop him from killing them both, either out of anger or to keep his secret. This same love also underscores some of its more malevolent actions.
- In the Blood: As it turns out, the Wolf inherited its lycanthrophy from its relatives, with each werewolf becoming stronger with each new generation. Valerie, the latest generation, subverts this however, refusing to become a werewolf.
- Never Found the Body: Valerie and Peter invoke this after killing him, weighing his body down with rocks and dumping it in the river so Valerie won't be persecuted for having a werewolf dad.
- Noble Demon / Anti-Villain: At first. Whilst previous generations of werewolves terrorized Daggerhorn, stealing children from their beds, this Wolf simply demands they provide livestock for it to feast on when there's a full moon and otherwise leaves them be. Then he found out his wife had cheated on him...
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: It usually has these in its wolf form, though sometimes they're brown, hinting at its true identity.
- Walking Spoiler: Due to the Wolf's identity and motives being the main plot, it's a spoiler-heavy character.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: A near literal example. The Wolf is one of the villagers of Daggerhorn, pretending to be an ordinary citizen. It's revealed to be Cesaire, Valerie's drunk and bumbling, but loving and seemingly harmless father.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: To an extent. The Wolf only started terrorizing the village because he discovered his wife had cheated on him and lied to him about the parentage of his eldest child, causing it to snap and go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
A witch hunter general and famed monster hunter, who is tasked with finding and disposing of the Wolf.
- Asshole Victim: Could be seen as one, given his Jerkass and Kick the Dog tendencies, after the Wolf bites off his hand and his soldiers put him out of of his misery.
- Badass Preacher: A man of God who fights werewolves. Unfortunately, it crosses over into Sinister Minister on account of his methods.
- Cassandra Truth: As he himself lampshades, he tried to warn the villagers that they'd killed the wrong wolf.
- Crazy-Prepared: He had sharp silver fingernails inlaid over his ordinary fingernails, just in case he needs an extra weapon against a werewolf.
- Freudian Excuse: His own wife turned out be a werewolf, which he found out when he mortally injured her protecting himself from her. Afterwards, he vowed to dedicate his life to hunting down the supernatural.
- Good Parents: Say what you want about Solomon's methods of hunting monsters, but he actually seems to be a decent father. He takes every precaution to ensure his daughters' safety, is genuinely loving towards them and, whether it was the morally right choice or not, he told them their mother was killed by a werewolf to spare them the pain of knowing she was actually a monster.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He steps into this as the film progresses, starting with torturing Roxanne's intellectually disabled brother as a 'witch' for doing card tricks, using Valerie as bait for the Wolf and killing Father Auguste for trying to intervene.
- Hunter of Monsters / Witch Hunter: He makes a living travelling to remote towns and villages, helping them get rid of witches, werewolves and other such creatures. Unfortunately, he takes it to some extreme levels.
- Hypocrite: Implied to be one. After being bitten by the Wolf he pleads with his soldiers to spare him, as he has two young children. The soldier responds that his brother, whom Solomon had killed earlier for being bitten, also had children.
- Kick the Dog: He has a few moments:
- He humors Roxanne when she comes to plead for her brother to be released, including letting her strip off to offer her body to him, before dismissing her, clearly amused by her actions in spite of her obvious distress and humiliation.
- When he uses Valerie as bait to lure the Wolf, he makes a point of forcing her to wear a wolf mask and parading her through the village to shame her as a supposed witch.
- Large Ham: Easily the hammiest character in the film.
- The Lost Lenore: His wife and the mother of his children, whom he was forced to kill after discovering she was a werewolf (after she attacked him and he cut off her paw, only for it to turn into a human hand).
- Shoot the Dog: He kills one of his men after being bitten by the Wolf, as "a man bitten is a man cursed". He himself is later on the receiving end of this.
- Tragic Keepsake: A rather grisly example. He keeps his wife's hand (complete with her wedding ring) in a box, which he cut off whilst she was attacking him in her wolf form.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He just wants to rid the world of evil. Even if that includes hurting or killing a few innocent people if they get in the way and acting like a tyrannical jerkass.
Husband to Suzette and father to Lucie and Valerie. He loves his family, though he struggles to support them due to being a poor drunkard.
- The Alcoholic: Implied to be one. He's often seen drinking or hung over. It's hinted this may be a bit of an act to cover up the fact he's the Wolf.
- Arranged Marriage: He had one with Suzette. She implies it turned into a Perfectly Arranged Marriage but considering the events of the film, this is likely subverted.
- Beneath the Mask: On the surface, he's a bumbling drunk, yet also a loving family man. He's actually the Wolf.
- Bumbling Dad: He comes across as one to Valerie and Lucie, particularly because of his drinking. It's actually an act.
- Happily Married: Seemingly to Suzette. Subverted, as it turns out he was planning on abandoning her and taking the kids, and he is not happy when he finds out she cheated on him.
- Matricide: Murders his mother to keep her from blabbing after she figures out he's the Wolf.
- Not Actually His Child: It's revealed he discovered Lucie was fathered by another man and in his rage he killed her.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His daughter Lucie is killed early in the film. However, it's revealed that Lucie not only wasn't really his, but he was the one who killed her.
- Papa Wolf: He joins the angry mob to kill the Wolf in revenge for Lucie's death and helps Peter and Henry rescue Valerie from Father Solomon. Of course, he turns out to be a literal Papa Wolf.
- Parents as People: He's a somewhat neglectful and oblivious dad, but deeply loves his two children. Which is why he wants them to become werewolves too.
Wife to Cesaire and mother of Lucie and Valerie.
- Arranged Marriage: She had one with Cesaire. She states it became a Perfectly Arranged Marriage but considering that she cheated on her husband and how the events of the film pan out, this is likely subverted.
- Cartwright Curse: By the end, her lover has been killed by the Wolf and her husband disappears, seemingly killed by the Wolf too. Little does she know, Cesaire was the Wolf all along and was killed by their daughter in self-defense.
- Hypocrite: She tries to force Valerie to marry a man she doesn't love for money and security and tells her to just put up with it, as she may eventually come to love her husband as she did. It's then revealed that Suzette cheated on Cesaire in the first few years of the marriage and passed her eldest child off as her husband's.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She is more or less responsible (albeit indirectly) for just about everything that happens in the film.
- The One That Got Away: She tells Valerie that when she was younger, she was in love with someone else before her parents made her marry Cesaire, but that she was eventually Happily Married to her husband. Or not, seeing as she had an affair with the man she really loved. This come back to bite her in the ass eventually.
- Outliving One's Offspring: She loses her daughter Lucie.
- Parental Marriage Veto: She is opposed to Valerie marrying Peter, because he's an outcast without a penny to his name.
- Parental Obliviousness: She claimed Lucie wasn't interested in boys, even though everyone else knew she was deeply in love with Henry.
- Scars Are Forever: After being slashed across the face by the Wolf's claws, she retains the scars for the rest of the film.
- Your Cheating Heart: It turns out that she cheated on Cesaire with Adrian, whom she was actually in love with, and that he's Lucie's real father. This comes back to haunt her eventually...
Valeries eccentric Grandmother and Cesaires mother, who lives in a cottage on the edge of the village. Along with Peter, shes a prime suspect to be the Wolf.
- Cool Old Lady: She's a very wise, witchy old woman and a loving grandmother to Valerie, being one of the few people besides Peter who truly seems to understand and sympathize with her. She also manages to discover the Wolf's true identity, though unfortunately the Wolf realizes this too.
- Creepy Good: Shes rather strange and acts suspiciously, but seems to be a sweet and loving grandmother. She is. Unfortunately she becomes one of the Wolfs victims, as in the original tale.
- She Knows Too Much: She is murdered by the Wolf, after she figures out their identity.
- No Name Given: She's simply referred to as 'Grandmother'.
- Parental Obliviousness: She apparently had no idea her son was the Wolf, though she doesnt stay oblivious for long.
- Widow Woman: Her husband has been dead for many years and she now lives alone in the woods.
The village priest, who desperately tries to protect his people from the Wolf.
- Badass Preacher: Only in one scene, but he risks his life to help Valerie and Henry escape the increasingly zealous Father Solomon and the Wolf.
- Broken Pedestal: He admires Father Solomon at first and is eager to receive his help, but he quickly becomes horrified and disgusted by his brutal methods and zealotry.
- Cassandra Truth: He's right about almost everything he says, including that the villagers need expert help to take down the Wolf and that Valerie and Claude are innocent. No one listens to a damn thing he says.
- Good Shepherd: He's a kind man who just wants to help his flock living in the village, who are preyed upon by a werewolf. After calling in Father Solomon, who's a profession werewolf/witch hunter, he's increasingly horrified by the tactics he uses. He's eventually killed by Father Solomon after trying to stop him.
- Redemption Equals Death: After doing little to actually intervene in Solomon's activities, he dies defending Valerie and Henry from him.
- Ship Tease: In the celebrations, Prudence flirts with him and he seems receptive, though nothing else comes of it.
- Taking the Bullet: Or rather, Taking the Projectile Silver Stake.
- Turbulent Priest: Downplayed. He disagrees with Solomon's brutal methods and eventually rebels against him outright.
The eldest daughter of Suzette and Cesaire and older sister to Valerie. Her death at the hands of the Wolf is the catalyst for the events of the film.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She was in love with Henry, though he prefered her sister. This was possibly just as well, as they were actually half-siblings.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Somewhat. Although she's covered in bloody scratch marks, she looks a lot better than one would expect a werewolf victim to look.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: She's mauled to death by the Wolf.
- Due to the Dead: Her family and friends are shown preparing her body for burial, though we don't see the actual funeral.
- Not Actually His Child: It's revealed that her father is not Cesaire, but Adrian, whom her mother had an affair with. This explains why Suzette wouldn't let her marry Henry (they're paternal half-siblings). It's also revealed to be why the Wolf killed her - Cesaire tried to communicate with her in his wolf form to persuade her to become a werewolf too. When she couldn't understand him, he realized she wasn't biologically his, lost his temper and killed her.
- Pink Means Feminine: Wore a pink dress when she went out to meet a boy or so she thought.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Her death kickstarts the entire plot, due to the villagers wanting revenge against the Wolf.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Played straight. We actually only see her alive in flashbacks.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She first appears as a corpse on-screen and so has little active input into the plot, but is still very important to the overall story.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It's Lucie, not Lucy.
- Surprise Incest: Downplayed in that nothing actually happened between them, but she was in love with Henry, who was actually her half-brother unknown to her.
- Too Dumb to Live: As stated by the characters, her going out into the fields on the night of a full moon was a very bad idea and they don't know why on earth she would've done it. It turns out she'd gone out to meet Henry, having supposedly received a note from him asking to see her.
- The Un-Favourite: Zig-zagged. Valerie was said to be the prettier of the two and the one who gets attention from the boys, and Lucie was quite upset that Valerie was betrothed to Henry instead of her. That being said Cesaire chose to reveal his lycanthropy and offer his 'gift' to her first, as she was the eldest, perhaps implying some favoritism.
- Walking Spoiler: Her character reveals huge spoilers for the plot and the identity of the Wolf.
Daggerhorn's blacksmith. He is the wealthiest man in the village, the son of Madame Lazar and father of Henry.
- Arranged Marriage: He had one in the past to Henry's mother. He secretly conducted an affair with Suzette, the girl he actually loved.
- The Blacksmith: His occupation.
- Let's Split Up, Gang: He foolishly agrees to go along with this whilst the villagers are hunting for the Wolf in the caves. It gets him killed.
- Your Cheating Heart: It's revealed he had an affair with the married Suzette, possibly whilst he was also married, and is the real father of Suzette's eldest daughter Lucie.
The mother of Adrian and grandmother to Henry. She is an upper class member of Daggerhorn.
- Grande Dame: She comes across as one.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Her son Adrian is killed early in the story.
- Rich Bitch: She's implied to be one. She forced her son to marry a woman of her choosing rather than the woman he actually loved. Whilst paying her respects to her future granddaughter-in-law after her sister is killed, she condescendingly comments that Valerie has always been "the pretty one", whilst her sister's body is laid out nearby. She also seems to blame Valerie and her family for her son's death, glaring at them after his body is returned.
One of Valerie's best friends.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When Valerie is chained up to be left as bait for the Wolf, she takes the time to tell Valerie how she always thought she was "too pretty" and "too perfect" and that she believes she deserves everything she gets.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Out of the three friends, she's the brunette.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: She dances seductively with Valerie to make Peter jealous.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She is strongly implied to be jealous of Valerie.
One of Valerie's best friends and older sister to Claude.
- All for Nothing: She betrays Valerie to Father Solomon, branding her a witch, to save her brother... only to find he'd already been killed under torture.
- Big Sister Instinct: She is willing to do anything to protect her brother when he's imprisoned by Father Solomon on the grounds of witchcraft, including offering him her body and even accusing Valerie of witchcraft.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Out of the three friends, she's the redhead.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Valerie confides in her that she can hear the Wolf speaking to her and that it wants her to come with it, and she promises not to tell. However, she eventually betrays Valerie to Solomon in exchange for Claude's release.
- Must Make Amends: She deeply regrets her betrayal of Valerie, asking Prudence to apologize to Valerie on her behalf and is one of the first people to shield Valerie from the Wolf when it corners her near the church.
Roxanne's brother, who is known for playing magic tricks. He is implied to be intellectually disabled.
- Ambiguous Disorder: He's implied to be mentally disabled, maybe autistic. Unfortunately, in the Middle Ages, his unusual behavior causes him to be suspected of witchcraft and/or lycanthropy.
- Break the Cutie: The poor kid is the one who finds Lucie's body and after the Wolf attacks, he's found cowering at the top of a building, completely traumatized. He is then wrongfully suspected of sorcery and imprisoned and tortured.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Father Solomon subjects him to this to try and get him to confess to witchcraft.
- Kill the Cutie: Poor Claude dies from the torture he suffered.
- The Voiceless: He doesn't ever really speak (possibly due to his autism or mental disability).
A young woman from the village who is known for being a flirt and a friend of Valerie's.
- Bit Character: Her only significant role in the film is dancing seductively with Peter to make Valerie jealous.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She's beautiful with dark hair and fair skin.
- Really Gets Around: It's implied she's got a reputation for this around Daggerhorn; when Prudence sees her flirting with Peter she comments on how she's "found her latest conquest". She also seems to have a thing for Henry.